Archive for January, 2012

Re-Frame events in Chicago: Communing @ Rumble Arts tonight & tomorrow @ Ctr for New Possibilities!

January 20, 2012
Headed to Chicago for Night of Insight : Re-Frame: Communing @ Rumble Arts (3413 W North Ave) 7-9pm, & a critical discussion @ the Center for New Possibilities (1505 W Morse Ave) Saturday, 4:30-6:30pm. hope to see you there!

Please join Insight Arts as we present our first winter series’ Nights of Insight on Friday, January 20 from 7 to 9 PM at Rumble Arts Center (3413 W North Ave). This is an accessible event.

This month we will be Re-Framing Community (facilitated by Baraka de Soleil) exploring issues and challenges artists face in the creative process. Topics to be explored include community, gender politics and artists’ vulnerabilities. Participants will also get the chance to experience the process of Re-Frame.

Last month artists participating in Re-Frame: A Gathering, a D UNDERBELLY initiative curated by Awilda Rodríguez Lora and Baraka de Soleil, sought to create a communal space for rigorous experimentation and investigation of an expansive performance aesthetic. They offered three unique showings of their process in partnership with Insight Arts, Rumble Arts Center and Links Hall.

Artist participants from Chicago’s 2011 Re-Frame project:
Victoria Martínez
Ching-In Chen
Iman Crutcher
Michael Johnson
Rebecca Kling
Anansi Knowbody
Sojourner Zenobia Wright
Isaac Fosl Van-Wyke
Eboni Senai Hawkins

We also invite you to join us in Rogers Park on Saturday, January 21 for a critical discussion on Re-Framing Community from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at the Center for New Possibilities (1505 W Morse Ave).

Artist participants, witnesses, co-sponsoring organization affiliates and special guests will be present to engage in fertile dialogue surrounding what it means to re-frame creative process within community. Both events are free of charge.

Insight Arts is a contemporary arts organization dedicated to increasing access to cultural work that supports progressive social change. Our unique organizational model allows us to engage in community based, regional and national work.

D UNDERBELLY is an underground interdisciplinary network of artists of color. For more information about Re-Frame: A Gathering visit

Yael Villafranca’s 7107 collaborative poetry project

January 3, 2012
A collaborative poetry writing opportunity.  I’m going — hope to see you there with your words! 🙂
7107: A Collaborative Poetry Project

Welcome to 7107, a collaborative poetry project beginning January 2, 2012.
This project is inspired by Ching-In Chen’s Collaborative Manifesto Remix last summer, in which participants wrote poetry from shared generative prompts. I found the experience of writing in collaboration incredibly inspiring, and as the days went on, full of surprise and amazement at the works that were developing. As someone who has gained so much from the generosity of various communities, I’d like to take my turn, in this small way, by opening a space for collaboration and creative work to happen.
Every day from January 2-18, I’ll post a generative prompt or question. If you’d like to participate, please post your response and a prompt or question for the following day in the comments.
In Ching-In’s words:

You can answer in whichever way you are moved to — off-the-cuff, improvisationally, in deep meditation, whichever feels right to you. I’ll ask you within your writing response to braid the words of either another participant or writer/artist (other than yourself) in your writing in some way, to honor the collaborative intent of the project, and to credit that other writer/artist by name at the end of your writing (unless that person would rather remain anonymous).

My hope is for each person to bring a spark.

My hope is for each person to open a door or window for another.
Please feel free to invite anyone else who may be interested and direct them to this page. If you have limited internet access, or if the comment system is down, you can send your work and prompt to arkipelagirl [at], and I’ll post for you when the comments are fixed. Questions and concerns can also be sent via email or the Ask Box.
I look forward to what we can build together.